Walk across Africa

Discussion in 'Firearms & Ammunition' started by spike.t, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Pondoro

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    The 9,3x62 in a bolt gun would make a lot of sense..

    And perhaps a Webley Mk VI to keep the fuzzie-wuzzies at bay..:whistle:
     

  2. PeteG

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    If it was being taken back to 1880, then I guess it would have to be at the very least my 416 Rigby.
    Assuming that ele, rhino, buff, lion, leopard, eland, sable, roan will all be commonplace and taken at will I would hate to have anything smaller.
    You can always shoot a small animal with a big gun but you can’t always shoot a big animal with a small gun...
    Then again, there’s likely be a substantial team of porters so I guess someone else could be carrying the 500NE and the 7x57!
     

  3. 008

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    I’ll go with the OP, my 9.3x74R double from Rizzini with its matching 28g barrels.
     

  4. thi9elsp

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    CZ 404J. Just checked 2200 miles. We'll need a lot of ammunition for that long of a walk. But, what an adventure!
     

  5. Mlibizi 8182

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    Without a doubt, my pre war Rigby .416, woodleigh 400 grain hydro, knife, joos bag, ash bag, batonka ax
     

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    416. Barnes tsx.
     

  7. Mlibizi 8182

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    Oops, I forgot floppy, Courtney's, cipri & malarone (treatment only)
     

  8. mark-hunter

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    We are cheating a bit, aren't we?

    If we are to honest, to walk across Africa around 1880, there should not be sweat XX century calibers used!

    There should be considered only some of large black powder bores!
     

  9. HWL

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    Ok, let it happen in 1913.... we can take Mauser Magnum Actions, all the classic Nitro Express cartridges and have a friendly encounter with these imperial Germans...

    :A Camping:

    HWL
     
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  10. DG870

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    Interesting thread. The initial post said walking across Africa with a single rifle so I assumed that one would have to pack all the needed supplies, including ammunition, on his back for the entire trip. Taking this into consideration, ammo is heavy and carrying one of the heavy hitters would mean that you wouldn’t be able to carry as many rounds compared to medium calibers. Your looking at a 200 day trek so maybe 100 rounds of 30-06, 35 Whalen or 7x57 in a light rifle and maybe a Colt Woodsman with a couple hundred 22 shells for camp meat.
     

  11. spike.t

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    i will allow porters but only one firearm.......and as i said dont even mention the 3-- thing...its barred from here ;)

    and along with @008 my double also has a set of shotgun barrels but in 20 bore...:D
     

  12. spike.t

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    nope its my thread so can have it as i want.....:p;)
     

  13. Eric Anderson

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    If I have to carry the ammunition....
    M-16A1 with an A2 upper
    That is the rifle. With the new Marine ammunition they developed, it hits and penetrates way above its weight class.
    For stopping charges, that is what the M203 slung underneath is for.

    If you can’t stop a charge with a 40mm HEDP grenade, then what is charging you is undead.
    (Min range arming safety removed of course)
     
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  14. Red Leg

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    If I were not going to take the .318 WR, then my next choice would be my William Evans 12 bore Paradox. Shot loads would provide plenty of guinea fowl, doves, and the like, while the 740 gr bullets can handle anything from buffalo (with careful shot placement) on down. Plus it is very, very English ;)
     
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  15. lwaters

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    I think I would take a 338 win. mag. Ammo would be 225 to 300 grain bullets. At one time the 338 was loaded with 300 grain solids and soft points.
     

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    I’d grab my .458 Lott. I’ve shot plenty of plains game with it and it all seems to die. When it comes to big nasties the Lott just feels seems to get their attention. Sorry, but my second choice would be my .375. A little light on the big stuff but always seems to get the job done. Used it extensively when I lived in Alaska and it never let me down.
     

  17. Longwalker

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    Walking, hunting animals of opportunity, but carrying a rifle big enough to to keep the really nasty ones from dancing on your dead carcass, and carrying everything, every day, leaves me with only one choice. A good 9.3x62 loaded with with softs and solids chambered in a light weight, modern & reliable bolt action. CZ 550 at the low end, original Mauser 98, and several similar custom variations at the higher end. Sighted with a compact fixed power scope in good QD mounts and irons, or better yet a pop up receiver sight. And a sling. No detachable magazines, set triggers, muzzle brakes, or other fluff. Stock would be stable laminated wood, or synthetic. Steel could be coated with a good rust proof finish or stainless. I would not wonder if I could do better.
     
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  18. BobT

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    I would take my Husqvarna 640 9,3x62 and plenty of ammo.
     
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  19. Von Gruff

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    As I no longer have my 404J and had to take a rifle from my present collection it would in all probability be my aperture sighted 303 Lee Speed styled Lee Enfied with both 5 and 10 round magazines. The 10 round having the Woodleigh 174gn PP softs and the 5 round mag having 215 gn Woodleigh hydros and that woudl about cover needs. In most cases it seems that apart from the cats which may be hungry enough to need a seeing to, the other DG would most likely be able to be skirted. @spike.t didn't stipulate that this walk has to be in a straight line through whatever territory that was in front of us and walking round some herds would just be common sense.
     
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  20. 35bore

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    Found it. It would be nice to see some new views, or some old ones... This is a great fantasy thread.
     
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